The Fifth East Asian Conference on Slavic Eurasian Studies, Was Held at Osaka University of Economics and Law
Kimitaka Matsuzato (SRC ･ Representative of the JCREES to the ICCEES)
August 9-10, 2013, the Fifth East Asian Conference on Slavic Eurasian Studies, entitled “1913-2013 for Eurasia: A Great Experiment or a Lost Century?” was held at Osaka University of Economics and Law. This event was started in 2009, according to the decision of the “summit” of representatives of Slavicist associations in East Asia (the Chinese Association of Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies, the Japanese Council for Russian and East European Studies, and the Korean Association for Slavic Studies), held at Seoul National University in February 2008. The first conference was held in Sapporo (2009), the second in Seoul (2010), the third in Beijing (2011), and the fourth in Kolkata (2012). The first cycle was completed and, this year, the second cycle was started in Osaka.
The President of Osaka University of Economics and Law, Professor Emeritus of Osaka University, Wakio Fujimoto, served as the chairperson of the Organizing Committee of the Fifth East Asian Conference on Slavic Eurasian Studies. The General Secretary of the Organizing Committee was Professor Takayuki Yokota-Murakami of Osaka University. Members of the committee were Professor Noriko Igarashi of Tenri University, Professor Atsushi Ogushi of Keio University, and Professor Kimitaka Matsuzato of Hokkaido University. Osaka University of Economics and Law generously supported this event.
37 panels were organized and 111 papers were presented at this conference. The number of total participants were 153. Paper presenters are divided by countries as follows (according to where they work, not their citizenships).
Besides, there were paper presenters per one from Mongolia, Canada, Czech, France, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Australia, Taiwan, and Kyrgyzstan.
Conference papers were uploaded online before the conference so that the participants could choose panels and be ready for them.
At the opening ceremony Organizing Committee Chair Professor Fujimoto, Professor Mitsuyoshi Numano of Tokyo University (JCREES Chairperson), Professor Graeme Gill of University of Sydney (ICCEES President), and Nail Latypov, General Consul of Russia in Osaka gave greetings. General Secretary of the conference, Yokota-Murakami reported on organizational matters.
Before the conference dinner, Professor Mitsuyoshi Numano and Professor Testuo Mochizuki of Hokkaido University gave special lectures entitled “The Seagull Goes to the Cosmos, and Haruki goes to Sakhalin: Border Crossing and Cultural Interactions between Russia and Japan,” and “Comparing the Incomparable: What We Learned from the Eurasian Regional Powers Project” respectively.
The success of the Osaka Conference with the largest scale in the history of East Asian conferences will mark an important step towards the Makuhari World Congress in 2015. The program and abstracts of the Osaka Conference can be downloaded from: http://src-h.slav.hokudai.ac.jp/jcrees/text/2013OSAKAProgramLastall.pdf
The next East Asian Conference for Slavic Eurasian Studies in 2014 will be hosted by the Korean Association of Slavic Studies in June. The Call for Proposals will be published online soon.